Thursday, February 01, 2007

VERWITTERTE MELODIE

A much earlier example of 3D animation from 1942.

During the second world war, one of the many things Goebbels mandated for the German cartoon industry was the development of "three dimensional" effects that were to rival the Fleischer's "Stereo-optical" process and Disney's "multi-plane" camera.

Hans Fischerkoesen made this film, Verwitterte Melodie (Weather-beaten Melody) which really is a technical spectacle. The film is actually a rather daring albeit subtle criticism of Nazi ideals (daring because the Nazi party banned Jazz and swing music. The film also promotes positive cultural diversity, among other things).

3 comments:

Andrew Glazebrook said...

That is pretty damn astounding,the opening in the grass almost looks 3D !! Amazing work !!!!! Why doesn't 2D stuff have this level of skill and invention now,especially the American stuff !!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Today that would undoubtedly be computer aided, ala Disney's Deep Canvas.

Something said...

wow! That was neat! Thanks for this and the previous video.